Croissant-themed foodstuff truck, The Croissanterie, owned and operated by chefs Wendy Schay and Jill McDonald, will be opening a brick and mortar locale later this thirty day period in West Little Rock at 14710 Cantrell Road in the searching middle that houses Pizza Cafe West and Fuller & Sons Components.
Schay and McDonald satisfied in culinary faculty. Schay, a pastry chef, and McDonald, a savory chef, mentioned the strategy for the business centered on their two variations converging in the middle.
The principle appears to be to be operating for the reason that the two most common things on the truck are on the sweet (almond croissant) and savory (Le Burger) facet. The almond croissant is distinctive to the area, Schay claimed, since of her dwelling-produced almond product, which offers the croissant a richer flavor than keep-bought almond paste.
“We’ve bought some French buddies that say that they are the some of the best on this facet of the pond,” McDonald said.
Certainly just one of your foodie mates has despatched you a foods selfie of The Croissanterie’s Le Burger, a cheeseburger made on a household-baked croissant bun. A mate texted me about it shortly immediately after the truck opened a minimal more than a yr back. I stopped the very first time I saw the foodstuff truck out and picked a single up. It was not a disappointing practical experience.
“We discovered a meat supplier out of Mayflower [Jidona Farms] that does organic and natural grass-fed black angus beef,” McDonald explained. “All developed and processed below in Arkansas.”
The burger’s crisp lettuce comes from the The Nurserie Farm & Back garden Marketplace and during Arkansas’s tomato year, the tomatoes made use of on the burger are neighborhood.
“We test to get vegetables and products from Arkansas, from the area,” McDonald explained. “It would make a distinction in the high quality of the food items.”
Just before Schay and McDonald launched the meals truck they ended up training classes at UA Pulaski Technological College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Institute. On the weekends they’d established up a table at Hillcrest Farmers Sector advertising their sourdough bread, cinnamon rolls, cruffins (croissant muffins) and croissants. They determined to obtain a foods truck because of the need there was for their products.
Delays brought on by the pandemic brought about them to miss out on their focus on day of June/July 2020. They weren’t ready to get the truck until finally November and it formally opened in December of 2020.
The move to a brick and mortar came about 4 yrs previously than anticipated.
“That was our five year program and it’s turned into a a single 12 months program,” McDonald mentioned. “We’ve been extremely lucky.”
The new store, located at 14710 Cantrell Highway, is subsequent doorway to Alejandro Gutierrez’s new Tacos Godoy brick and mortar location. Gutierrez is a close friend of Schay and McDonald’s and named to advise them that the place that utilised to be JK’s Bar-B-Que had opened up.
The program beginning out is for the shop to be open up for breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sat. from 7 a.m.-2 or 2:30 p.m. The indoor dining spot can seat 14-16 men and women, Schay claimed and there is a little patio out front that can seat 6-8 much more.
They prepare to give the occasional ticketed wine meal and hope to companion up with Gutierrez to use the more substantial Tacos Godoy room for dinners or the occasional Sunday brunch.
“We’ve had lots of requests for a lot more breakfast and brunch out in this region, so we’re hoping to fulfill that will need,” Schay explained.
The Croissanterie also delivers entire catering expert services as well as COVID-safe and sound catering. They also do in-property catering as well. You can come across their wholesale merchandise at
Guillermo’s Gourmand Coffee, Bramble Market, The Nurserie, The Filling Station and Me & McGee Current market.
The opening of the new store will not quit the truck from functioning. Follow the truck’s program — and for the month of February — pre-order your Mardi Gras king cakes (toddler trinket included) here.